Lake Ontario offshore wind not a dead issue

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently released its Great Lakes basin action agenda -- 10 items and related goals compiled from existing plans and studies.

The document is full of important and interesting goals and objectives, but some are going to get more attention than others. Offshore wind power development is one of those issues. A few years ago, the New York Power Authority tried to advance an off-shore wind project, but it ultimately stalled. Critics and supporters of the effort were quite vocal.

In its energy development section, however, the new DEC document makes several references to potential offshore wind development. On the state's end, it suggests that the state do planning work to identify at least one area where offshore wind development could occur.

The DEC is accepting comments on the plan through September 1. They can be submitted via e-mail to glakes@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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